Former PVC chairman Thanh gives himself up to police

Monday, 2017-07-31 23:51:44
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Trinh Xuan Thanh gives himself up after nearly one year of evading an international arrest warrant. (Credit:
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NDO – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), gave himself up to the Investigation Security Agency under the Ministry of Public Security after nearly one year of evading international arrest, reported the ministry on July 31.

On September 16, 2016, the Ministry of Public Security’s Investigation Police Agency decided to launch criminal proceedings against Thanh, who was born in 1966 and residing at House No 24-C2 Ciputra in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district, for alleged violations of State regulations on economic management resulting in losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion (US$142 million) for the PVC during his leadership.

After finding that Thanh had fled abroad, the ministry decided to issue an arrest warrant domestically and abroad for his arrest.

Earlier, members of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee agreed to expel Thanh from the Party with 100% of approval votes.

According to the Secretariat, between 2007-2013, during his position as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Director General of the PVC, and later as Secretary of the PVC’s Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thanh showed irresponsibility and negligence in his leadership and management of the corporation’s operation, and also violated legal regulations in regards to business administration, these malpractices resulted in losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion.

As the top official of the corporation, Thanh must bear the all responsibility for his mistakes and abuses.

As Thanh was responsible for these transgressions and violations of the law which resulted in losses at the PVC, leaders of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group determined that he had not fulfilled his duty and removed him from the position of Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PVC.

On September 16 2016, at the headquarters of the Hau Giang provincial Party Committee, a working mission from the Party Central Committee's Inspection Commission headed by Nguyen Thanh Son, member of the Party Central Committee and deputy head of the commission, worked with local leaders and related agencies.

The inspection mission announced Decision No. 355-QĐNS/TW dated September 9, 2016 by the Secretariat on disciplinary action against Thanh, former member of the provincial Party Committee and former Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee tenure 2011-2016, in the form of expulsion from the Party.